Originally Posted by mwilliams
I just lost my second GBTA I have a 55g. setup for at least a year now, using the 48" Coralife Aqualight Double Compact Fluorescent Strip Lights - 2 - 10K 65watts, 2 - True Actinic 03 blue -65watts. Mine kept moving away from any lighting and getting either underneath the rock work or weded between the rocks and finally ended up dying so I am at a lose when being told they need T5HO when mine could not handle the Compact Lighting. I don't think I will be getting anymore for quite sometime.
It's not that your anemones couldn't handle the Compact Lighting... it just wasn't enough lighting at all. Not nearly enough. I have 2x 96W of compact lighting on my 36" long tank, and that STILL isn't enough lighting!
Anemones were last in line when they handed out brains. (Which I guess it obvious since they don't have brains!) You'd think they'd move higher in the tank if they don't have enough light. And if the intensity of the lighting is enough, that's exactly what they'll do. But if they can't find the lighting they need, they'll just go find a dark corner and sulk and eventually kill themselves.
Until you upgrade your lighting, I would definitely stay away from them.